Graduate Assistants and Peer Leaders

Connecting with our Graduate Assistants and Peer Leaders is a great way to build community and get another student’s perspective. Have a quick question and want to connect with a Peer Leader? Drop into BCLA’s Virtual Office Hours to say hello! Check out these great resources created by our BCLA Peer Leaders to help you in your LMU journey: 

Jacob Longini, Graduate Assistant


Jacob Longini completed his English B.A. here at LMU and is now a graduate student in the English M.A. program. Jacob enjoys reading, surfing, and exploring Los Angeles with his friends.

Sophia Markoski, Graduate Assistant

Sophia Markoski earned her B.A. in Writing from Point Loma Nazarene University. She is currently studying for her M.A. in English with an emphasis in creative writing. In her free time, Sophia enjoys trying to find the best iced almond milk latte in Southern California. 

Daria Young, Peer Leader

Daria Young is a senior at Loyola Marymount, from Pasadena, CA. She is currently a double major in Urban Studies and Sociology. In her free time, Daria enjoys taking long walks in Hermosa Beach, watching TLC with friends, and taking care of her pet fish, Patrick.

Brooklyn Kelly, Peer Leader

Brooklyn Kelly is a senior Theater Arts major. She is from Las Vegas, NV. In her spare time, she enjoys journaling, meditating, and watching anime. One of her favorite anime is Naruto Shippuden.

Robert Baransaka, Peer Leader

Robert Baransaka is a Senior Political Science major and Peace and Justice Studies minor, with aspirations to become a lawyer postgrad. He is from Phoenix, AZ, and made his first move out of state for LMU. In his free time, Robert enjoys a good psychological thriller and making fuego playlists.

Natalie Riddick, Peer Leader

Natalie Riddick is a Junior History major and Dance minor who is passionate about social justice and the arts. On-campus, she has become the treasurer of the student-run club Theater in Color and a member of the Marians Service Organization. Natalie enjoys reading and spending time exploring LA with her friends in her free time.

Nya Jacobs, Peer Leader

Nya Jacobs is a junior screenwriting major from Washington DC. She has a Theatre Production degree from Duke Ellington School of the Arts, with an interest in visual arts. In her free time, Nya enjoys listening to music as she explores the city.

Sebastian Ibarra, Peer Leader

Sebastian Ibarra is a sophomore History major at Loyola Marymount University, from Claremont, California. He wishes to become an American history professor that can teach future generations. In his free time, Sebastian loves to go on hikes with his dog, play video games with his family members, watch films, and read a good book.

Sabrina Isaacs, Peer Leader

Sabrina Isaacs is a Psychology major with a concentration in Pre-health from Central Florida. She’s also a member of the Opportunes, an on campus all female A Cappella group. In her free time, she likes to make music, sing, and watch movies.

Judith Chavez-Cardenas, Peer Leader

Judith Chavez-Cardenas is a fourth-year student pursuing her B.A. in Sociology and Spanish with a minor in Peace and Justice Studies. Some of her involvements on campus include the First-to-Go community, Grupo Folklórico, MEChA, and El Espejo. During her spare time, Judith loves spending time with her dogs, Loki and Thor, and caring for her plants. 

Carolyn Gerrior, Peer Leader

Carolyn Gerrior is a Senior Economics and Music double major, with a concentration in Vocal Performance. On campus she is a member of the Consort Singers, Sinatra Opera Workshop, and the business fraternity Delta Sigma Pi. She loves drives up PCH, rocky beaches, the sun and cats. 

Cameron Freestone, Peer Leader

Cameron Freestone is a junior Political Science and Environmental Studies double major. He is from Orange County, California. Outside of school, he hoops at the Burns Rec Center and is an avid Las Vega Raiders and Golden State Warriors fan.

Madeline Pontius, Peer Leader

Madeline Pontius is a senior Journalism Major. She is from Laguna Beach, California. Madeline plans to pursue a career in public relations in the music industry. In her free time, she enjoys going to concerts, taking film photos, and spending time with friends and family

Kyla Henderson, Peer Leader

Kyla Henderson is a first year student who is majoring in Psychology. She is also a member of The Learning Community at LMU. In her free time, Kyla enjoys dancing, trying new foods, and spending time with animals.